A staple of the BBC daytime schedule since 2013, Father Brown, featuring the crime-solving, mild-mannered Roman Catholic priest of the same name, will return for a seventh series of saving souls and solving crimes in the ‘sleepy’ but very murder-happy fictional town of Kembleford in the Cotswolds.
Sorcha Cusack (Mrs McCarthy), Jack Team (Inspector Mallory) and Emer Kenny (Lady Felicia’s niece, Bunty Windermere) will also all be back to assist Father Brown in solving a new set of mysteries, while Nancy Carroll is slated once again to play Lady Felicia Montague, who will return to Kembleford from Northern Rhodesia in need of help. According to the BBC, Brown’s nemesis Hercule Flambeau (John Light) may be the only one who can provide it.
The BBC also say another “familiar face” will show up in the Cotswolds when a killer is spotted in the area, circumstances which will put Sergeant Goodfellow (John Burton) “in grave danger”.
“In this series we see anarchists, ramblers and Morris Dancers all throwing up new adventures for Father Brown but as ever, he’s more concerned with saving souls that in just bringing the guilty to justice,” said Will Trotter, Head of Daytime Drama, BBC Studios. Trotter, who has been with Father Brown from day one, is also the mind palace behind the recently cancelledk The Coroner and the BBC’s newest daytime detective effort, Shakespeare & Hathaway: Private Investigators, which has just been commissioned for a second series.
Father Brown has become BBC’s most popular daytime drama, averaging over 2.3 million viewers. The show has also been seen in 150 countries and is the most popular BBC program in both Norway and Sweden.